After putting a lot more thought into this one, here is my new and improved (very improved) draft. It includes some trades that I think are very possible.
Nothing too crazy, just some trades that involve a little bit of common sense. I used a lot of the comments from the last mock that I did, and I think it is somewhat improved (it's not perfect, I know).
So here it is, the second edition of my 2010 mock draft.
This one hasn't changed. The Rams finished 30th in the NFL last year with 25 sacks, and were 31st (or second, whichever way you want to think about it) in points given up per game at 27.2.
Suh is more than just a big body on the line. He is quick off the line, with a lot of speed but also big enough so that the QB is toast by the time he's there.
In 2009, Suh had 85 tackles and 12 sacks in 14 games. The Rams have needs at nearly every position, but Suh's ability to put Kris Jenkins-like pressure on the QB will put this horrific defense on the right track.
TRADE: Detroit Lions trade second overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who trade third overall pick, along with the Buccaneers second and fourth and seventh round selections in 2010, plus a third round pick in 2011.
It's a big curveball, but the Bucs really need a big- time defensive tackle. Chris Hovan and Ryan Sims COMBINED had 66 tackles and 1.5 sacks as the Bucs' two defensive tackles.
The Bucs had just 25 sacks, tied for 26th in the league last year. McCoy is badly needed, and the Bucs might have to give up quite a few draft picks for it.
If they are really daring, they might even want to trade with the Rams for their No. 1 pick, but that's extremely unlikely.
It might seem a little early to take a cornerback, but the Lions would make a good move in trading down. They don't need to take Haden second overall, and they can acquire a few draft picks in trading down just one spot, when he will also surely be available.
The Lions desperately need Haden, as they finished dead last in passing yards given up (265).
The only reason they don't take Eric Berry is because the Lions already have Louis Delmas, who stepped up big last year in his rookie season.
The Lions could use Gerald McCoy, who would help a d-line who finished 25th in rushing yards given up, but the need for a good secondary is bigger for the Lions right now, and Haden is simply the best option.
People always trash Jason Campbell, but when push comes to shove, the Redskins had the 16th ranked passing game with virtually no offensive line.
Russell Okung is the top ranked offensive lineman, and with good reason. He's big, with long arms and a knack for taking down d-linemen.
Campbell will play better if he has Okung blocking for him rather than Mike Williams.
One could argue that the Skins should take Eric Berry, but the Skins already have Reed Doughty, and the offensive line is the priority for this team to get better.
The Chiefs could go a few paths here, but the most logical choice here would be Berry, who is currently ranked No. 1 on Scouts Inc.'s top 32 players. Berry has a flawless reputation, and is viewed as a younger Ed Reed.
The Chiefs do already have Mike Brown, but he has a long injury history (he played just 21 games from 2004-2007), and Berry would be a better long-term solution.
The Chiefs spent their last two No. 1 picks on defensive linemen (Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson), so getting a safety would be a wise move.
Many would argue to take a quarterback here, but Matt Hasselbeck is 34 years old, and he could have two or three years left in him, so the Seahawks can wait in taking a QB for at least a year.
The Seahawks have two first round picks, and with Joe Haden, Eric Berry, and Russell Okung gone, Spiller seems like the best option.
The ground game did nothing for the Seahawks last year, producing just 98 yards per game, good for 26th in the league.
With Okung gone, there is no lineman worth taking with the sixth pick. Spiller, with his strength and speed, should make a good fit in Seattle.
The Browns really didn't do anything well all season. Their defense was pathetic, and, other than a few amazing games from Jerome Harrison at the end of the year, their offense wasn't too special.
Kenyon Coleman and Robaire Smith won't cut it at defensive end, but Derrick Morgan will.
He's not ultra flashy, but he gets it done, and he would be a big upgrade from what the Browns currently have.
Big Al is eventually going to have to realize that lineman do matter, and that taking one in the first round can have huge benefits.
By huge, I mean Anthony Davis. He's huge, and Al already likes him because of his ultra cool last name.
That's how Al Davis picks his players. He takes guys named Heyward-Bey and JaMarcus just because they have cool names.
In all seriousness, Anthony Davis has a huge upside, and since Tom Cable is an offensive line specialist, the Raiders could finally make a great decision on draft day (Darrius Heyward-Bey and/or Michael Mitchell, I'm not trying to make you guys mad, but you were HUGE mistakes).
Whichever QB the Bills take, Clausen or Bradford, the other will become the Brady Quinn of 2010, unless the Jaguars or Dolphins decide to pull an INSANE move and take a QB (but if the Jags do it, it will likely be Tebow).
Clausen seems to have the better intangibles and certainly has a better injury record.
The Bills have played mediocre with Trent Edwards, and bringing a Notre Dame star into Buffalo can probably create better headlines than T.O.
Perhaps 10 is a little early for Pierre-Paul, but his stock is on the rise and he appears to be the No. 2 defensive end in the draft market.
The Broncos defensive line was rather weak in 2009 and a big, athletic body like Pierre-Paul thrown in there would only do good things for the Broncos.
If C.J. Spiller is on the board at this time, he should also deserve some very serious consideration.
Speaking of versatility, McClain is the best. He can blitz and get sacks, he can drop back into coverage and make big plays.
He had 274 tackles, eight sacks, and five interceptions in three seasons at Alabama.
He is the best linebacker available, and the Jaguars, instead of going all Tim Tebow on us, make the sensible, logical choice and go with the one of the few guys who made Tebow look bad.
The Dolphins are 18th in pass defense and 24th in rush defense, and Williams played nose tackle in college.
Dan Williams looks like a good pick for the Dolphins. He's big and could help out what has been a struggling Dolphins defensive line.
The injury to Jason Ferguson at nose tackle hurt them last year, and going into his 14th season, there have to questions as to how much he has left in the tank. Williams is a smart pick for the future.
TRADE: The San Francisco 49ers trade the 13th overall pick to the Tennessee Titans for their 17th overall pick, plus 2010 third and fourth round picks and a second round pick in 2011.
Bryant is so good that he can still be a mid-first- round pick without even playing in 2009. The speedy Oklahoma State wideout is extremely talented, blessed with amazing hands and a knack for getting open easily. The Titans, though the took Kenny Britt in the first round last year, didn't have a receiver with more than 47 catches last year. And with Vince Young taking over (again) as the starting QB, he's going to need people to throw to.
The Seahawks finished 30th in pass defense last year, which is simply unacceptable. Marcus Trufant struggled with injuries last year, and nothing seemed to work. Though Thomas played safety in college, he can also play cornerback, so the Seahawks can do whatever they want with him. Their main concern on defense should be their secondary, and Thomas is the most talented, most versatile man out there. Taylor Mays could also be a possibility.
The Giants seemed to struggle all over last year, but their biggest problem was their defense. The G-Men were second in passing TDs allowed, and third in rushing TDs allowed. Griffen is big, at 6'3" and 278 pounds, and also incredibly quick off the line. Many think Osi Umenyiora is done in New York, so Griffen would be a great guy to take over at end. With Griffen, Justin Tuck, and Mathias Kiwanuka, the Giants defense might be coming back to 2007 form.
Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer have struggled with injuries in the past, and for a team that finished 21st in passing yards allowed (229) last season, Robinson's selection makes sense. While Clements has five years left on that colossal eight year, $80 million contract he signed before 2007, the 49ers aren't too deep at corner. Dre Bly is getting older, and Marcus Hudson and Tarell Brown don't do much damage. Robinson would provide a jolt of youth on a secondary that struggled last season.
The 49ers were 22nd in passing yards (190) and 25th in rushing yards (100), and that has a direct correlation on the offensive line. Bulaga at 17 is a bit of a steal, and opening up some holes for Frank Gore and giving some more time for Alex Smith to throw will get the 49ers back into the playoffs. Bulaga is huge, and should be a great force for the Niners for a long time.
Iupati is the uncontested No. 1 guard in this draft, and the Steelers running game would take a huge turn for the better if the Steelers take him. Rashard Mendenhall established himself as a running back for the future for the Steelers, along with Willie Parker, if he can stay healthy. Iupati and Chris Kemoeatu can team up to have one of the best guard combinations in the league, and can make the Steelers' running and passing game better.
While the Falcons had a decent season, they were 28th in pass defense, allowing nearly 242 yards per game. Wilson had an incredible Senior Bowl, and his stock is rising. He was an All-America second team member last year at Boise State, and the Falcons' weak secondary will get stronger by taking Wilson.
While the Texans 30th ranked rushing offense should be addressed, it was mainly due to Steve Slaton's season- ending injury, and there is no running back worth taking at 20. The Texans should feel blessed to have Mays available at 20, and he should have a big time impact in making the Texans 18th ranked passing defense better.
The Bengals have invested a lot of draft picks towards defense in recent years, and it has paid off, as they are sixth in points per game allowed (18.2) and fourth in yards allowed (301.4). Now it is time to do some work on the offensive front. The Bengals finished 26th in passing yards (180), and a big time player like Jermaine Gresham will only help that cause. He's a big-time receiver, as well as a good blocker. He will have an immediate impact on this team, and he might get them to beat a team in the playoffs.
While the Patriots had a good season last year (as usual), their run defense was just decent. While some may argue that Price isn't big enough to play nose tackle, I argue that he definitely can. Opposing Pac-10 defenses were frightened of him, and he can simply put on another 10-20 pounds. The Patriots can also play him at defensive end, as the Pats don't have an ideal situation there. Remember, although they might not NEED Price badly, this is a bit of a steal for him at 22, so it will be interesting to see if he really slips this far.
Williams could be considered a bit of a steal at 23, and the Packers truly need someone to step up at the line after Aaron Rodgers was sacked more times (51) than any other QB in football last year. Williams is a big, physical body that will give Rodgers a little more time to show that maybe he is as good as Brett Favre.
The Eagles defensive line has done a good job instilling pressure in opposing offenses; the Eagles ranked ninth in opponent rushing yards per game (104) and are tied for third in sacks (44), led by Trent Cole's 12.5 sacks this season. Dunlap alongside Trent Cole could possibly create one of the most intimidating defensive combinations in football right now. Though Dunlap has had some issues in the past, Andy Reid has had many worse, so the Eagles take a chance on a kid with way too much upside to pass up on.
The Ravens defense is fine. The Ravens receiving corp, however, isn't so fine. If the Ravens want to make it back to a Super Bowl, they are going to need to give Joe Flacco options, and I'm not talking about Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams. I'm talking about Golden Tate. The big kid from Notre Dame has the size and speed to be successful in this league, and the Ravens should consider themselves lucky for him to slip to them.
I have a new love for the name Sergio after watching that SNL skit a few days ago, but I am proud to say that will not create a bias on where I think he will be selected. The Cardinals can use a little help on the run stopping, as their 112 yards allowed per game was 17th in the league, and quite a bit of help with stopping the passing game, as their 233 yards allowed was 23rd in the league. Kindle had 5.5 sacks last season, and in addition can play end as well as linebacker, as well as drop back into coverage. He should be an exciting player at the next level.
Did you know he can play the saxophone while shirtless?
While the Cowboys aren't in dire need of a linebacker, Anthony Spencer hasn't been anything extraordinary, and the Cowboys could use another good linebacker. Graham's stock is rising quick, and by the time the draft rolls around, he might not be available at 27. Michigan linebacker with a great NFL future, remind you of someone, maybe, David Harris?
Many think that Cody belongs in the second round, but a good nose tackle is hard to come by, and Terrence Cody is a good nose tackle. Remembered for the blocked field goal against Tennessee earlier this season, Cody has established himself as one of the best tackles in college football over the last few years, but weight has been a problem. At one time, he was over 400 pounds, then down to around 340, but now apparently at 370. If he can keep himself 350 or under, he will, in my mind, be a lock for the first round, and the Chargers, with their 20th ranked rushing defense, will be very happy with their new toy.
It seems strange to have the Jets picking a defensive lineman, especially considering that the Jets had the eight ranked rushing defense. Add considering the fact that they threw for the second least yards in the league, and you're probably scratching your head about why they aren't taking a receiver. The answer is that there is no one worth investing a first round pick in, even if it's the 29th pick. Arrelious Benn and Brandon LaFell are good, but Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery are better, and the Jets would be better off building their d-line. Sapp can play defensive end and linebacker, so he can essentially fill in nearly anywhere in the front seven, plus he can one day take the starting end job from Marques Douglas.
Like his former Michigan teammate Brandon Graham, Warren is also a player on the rise. Though the Vikings secondary is still decent, Antoine Winfield is not as agile as he once was, and Warren would be a great replacement. Expect him not to get a ton of playing time his first year or two years, as Winfield still has some good play left in him, but by 2012, Warren should be having a huge impact on this team.
The Saints have their prolific offense. Now all they need is a defensive front seven that can contain their opponent. A defensive end might be more ideal here, but there is nobody worth taking in the first round. Odrick is one of the top defensive tackles on the market, and the Saints could put him right next to Sedrick Ellis at tackle.
Some might not think Bowman will slip to the last pick of the first round, but there isn't a huge demand for linebackers, so it is very possible that this happens. Bowman was the premier linebacker at linebacker U last season, and definitely has first round talent. The Colts could put him at either outside linebacker position, as he would almost automatically improve that 24th ranked rush defense.